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March 23rd, 2021 by: Anabel FordSherman Horn IIIThomas CrimmelJustin Tran

Conserving the American Tropics: Exploring the Cropscape of the Ancient Maya

Introduction The environmental legacy of the ancient Maya is a controversial topic. Since at least the 19th Century, when widely published travelogues began revealing the wondrous monuments of Maya cities to Euro-American audiences,[1] Western popular imagination has been captivated by Maya civilization, and especially tales of its demise. Collapse narratives frequently invoke primitive cultivation techniques,…

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March 23rd, 2021 by: Madhu Narayanan

An Age-old Craft During a New-age Pandemic

On the morning of May 6, 2020,  exactly one month after the announcement of the pandemic lockdown in a Southern district of Kerala in India, I was chatting with my friend Santhoskumar over a cup of black tea in the front yard of his newly located craft workshop.[1] While talking, he skimmed through his local…

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March 23rd, 2021 by: Thamarai Selvan

Panruti Kattai: Crafting Taste and Sound

Today, artisans in the Panruti region of South India are known for their construction of musical instruments, especially, the thavil, a double-headed drum, played by striking one head using a hand and the other with a stick. (See figure 1.) It is played for festivals, weddings, and other ceremonies. Normally, artisanal knowledge in India such…

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March 23rd, 2021 by: Soumya VinayanN. Lalitha

Farmlands of Gold

“I will continue cultivation of pokkali while I can. This rice is natural and uses no chemical fertilizers. New generations might not take up this kind of arduous labor. There are changed ways of living now; in earlier times, cultivation was part of our lives; it was an integrated ecosystem, but now there are challenges…

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